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Buford's Freitag commits to Alabama

 

 

BUFORD -- The week of his final high school football game, Buford's Kurt Freitag announced his future football plans.

Freitag publicly declared his commitment to the University of Alabama on Monday, choosing the Tide over Florida.

"Roll Tide," Freitag said. "It was a really tough decision, but I think in the end I picked the right one for me."

Freitag officially committed to Alabama head coach Nick Saban last week, but wanted to wait and make it public the week of the state title game.

Buford will play Calhoun on Friday in the Class AA state championship game. The Wolves are seeking to become the first Georgia school to win five straight football state championships.

"I just went there a couple of times and I had great experiences every time I went," Freitag said. "They just have unlimited resources for the football players. They really do a good job with players on and off the field. It's just a great fit. It's a lot like this place (Buford) in a way. The tradition and they way they work."

Freitag's final three schools were Alabama, Florida and Florida State. He paired it down to Alabama and Florida for the past month. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Freitag is undecided on his major and said that Alabama plans to use him as an H-Back or tight end.

"It's just the coaching staff," Freitag said. "They do a really good job with their tight ends. All the coaches were professional. All the facilities are top of the line. I couldn't say enough about them."

Freitag will join teammate Dillon Lee at Alabama, but said Lee's decision did not have any effect on his commitment to 'Bama.

"Back in our sophomore year we talked about going to the same place, but I think when he made his decision he took all the emotion out of it and that's what I did," Freitag said. "It just ended up being the best place for both of us, so that's really cool. It really didn't play into my mind in the decision."

Freitag is the seventh Buford player to commit to a Division I program, joining Vadal Alexander (LSU), Reid Ferguson (LSU), Paris Head (Vanderbilt), Lee (Alabama), C.J. Moore (Virginia) and Nathan Staub (North Carolina).

Alabama won the 2009 BCS National Championship and will play LSU in January for this season's national title. The fact that Bama is consistently playing for championship, just like Buford, didn't hurt the Tide in the decision.

"Oh yeah, that's awesome," Freitag said. "If they are making it there, then that's great."